Ohio State sophomore linebacker Luke Roberts is taking an unusual path: He's transferring to Harvard, according to the Columbus Dispatch. He plans to play for the Crimson and will be immediately eligible for the FCS program.
"Harvard just seems to be a good fit for me,” Roberts told the Dispatch. “Even though the football obviously is different from the Big Ten, and though I had opportunities to transfer to another BCS school, I just decided that wasn’t what I looking for this time around. I thought pursuing a little more academic environment would be more suited to me, just the kind of person I am and the teammates I would have, and the area I would be in.”
Roberts was projected as a backup this season, and his playing time likely would have been limited. But his departure thins an already inexperienced position group, which lost another member of the 2012 recruiting class following spring practice when David Perkins transferred to Illinois State.
The Buckeyes are bringing in three highly regarded prospects from the 2013 class in Mike Mitchell, Trey Johnson and Tyquan Lewis, and their path to potentially cracking the two deep as freshmen has grown clearer.
Roberts was a three-star recruit who also had offers from Arizona, Indiana, Cincinnati and Purdue, according to ESPN.com. His Big Ten days are over, but anyone who has the grades to transfer into Harvard will probably end up doing just fine.